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Poster: reviewr Date: Aug 2, 2011 7:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Don't You Like the 80's?

It seems a lot of people have already responded to this, so please forgive any repetition - I'm not going to read all the other posts.

For me it's not so much that I dislike the 80's, but in comparison the 70's are just more interesting (all the one-time-only jams). Every year offers good shows, but the good ones came more consistently in the '70s. There is that special magic thing that no one can really explain that happens more frequently in the early years.

My mind always wants to compare things. So, I may hear a really good version of song X from any show 80, but can almost always think of a better version of that same song performed some time in the 70's. Therefore, I call the 70's better, but not the 80's bad.

Of course there isn't a real cutoff. It's not like 12/31/79 was good, and then 1/1/80 was bad. For me most of the high points of the 80s happened in '80, '81 and then we have to wait for '89 and '90.

There is one thing I do dislike about the 80's: when Brent sings lead. I like him on keyboards and backup vocals, but rarely like to hear one of his original songs.

As a side note, I first saw them in '82. It was good enough to keep me coming back for more, and more...

Oh, yea. One more thing to dislike. There insistence to play Me & My Uncle> Mexicali Blues. The early Uncles can be good, but I don't think I ever met a Mexicali that I liked. Just wasting time.

This post was modified by reviewr on 2011-08-03 02:23:55